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Sense of Place: HERE

Juried Art Exhibition



Open for submission; the deadline for entries is April 29, 2018




Sense of Place:  HERE will be an internationally juried art exhibit which will be the first of a four year art series exploring the ideas of sense of place.  The judges and curators seek art that deals with the exhibit theme of Sense of Place:  HERE from many different perspectives.


The first way of looking at the exhibit theme of Sense of Place:  HERE is through ideas from Edward Abbey like his statement about rock art he would find during his hiking in the American southwest:


Abbey’s idea of being in a certain place at a certain time asks the question, “What does that cause us to want to leave behind, to take with us or to leave for history?”  Past cultures who have left their arts and crafts behind give use glimpses into their presence, their sense of place and a certain meaningfulness to their cultures.  So the jury for of Sense of Place: HERE  first seek artists who will ask more questions or provide answers as diverse and unique as each artist is. 


Another way to view Sense of Place:  HERE is through the lens of author John Hildebrand who grapples with “chasing stories”.  Inspired by his experiences in the community where this exhibit will take place Hildebrand writes:



Hildebrand then explains how different people can all call a place “home” simply by projecting “their ambitions onto the same space.”





So on one hand Abbey looks at past cultural attempts to express a sense of place what it meant to be HERE at a specific time and Hildebrand examines the stories we tell ourselves about where we “belong” because it is in that belonging that we are feeling a Sense of Place:  HERE.


These ideas are only springboards with which artists can view their work and see if they would like to be a part of such a collection of voices communicating their ideas on what HERE means to them, to their art, or for the art itself.


The last way to view the exhibit theme of Sense of Place:  HERE is through The Studio Reader which is a collection of essays that creates another springboard from a different point of view.  It is a collection of essays about how the 21st Century artist studio has changed.  For some artists the studio is anywhere and everywhere, for others the studio is a specific place a more traditional view of where art is made.  This is the last part of what will inform the judges and curators for the art exhibit Sense of Place:  HERE—the idea of where an artwork belongs and how where it was made might change how it is viewed or even if an artwork was made to be placed in a specific setting.  For the first time we will also consider artworks that have their own Sense of Place:  HERE.


This is the beginning of the exhibit Sense of Place:  HERE.  Since Galaudet Gallery is working with Abbey’s ideas for all their shows in 2018 we leave you with another excerpt from his essay "Desert Images" from Beyond the Wall:





Artworks larger than 5 feet in any direction or weighing more than 100 pounds are ineligible.  Maximum of 3 artworks may be submitted per artist. 


All fine arts media are acceptable including but not limited to: watercolor, drawing, pastel, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, digital art, etchings, monotype, monoprint, silk screen, lithography, collagraph, fiber art, book arts, etc.


Feel free to contact the gallery at with any questions.





  1. 1-3 images for each entry: at least 1 of entire piece

  2. Brief artist statement (200 or less words)

  3. Brief artist biography (200 or less words)

  4. Entry Fee payable through PayPal to​​

  5. Artwork Narrative (200 or less words)

  6. Artwork entry description

  • Title

  • Medium

  • Dimensions (LxW or LxWxH)

  • Year Created

  • Retail Price (in dollars)

  • For Sale in Exhibit? (yes or no)


Any questions? Contact us at (715) 513-9994 or




Entry fees for this exhibit are $12 for 3 submissions or $5 for one


All Entries and Fees must be submitted by April 29, 2018. 


Entry fees are payable through Paypal to

Click on the button below to be taken to PayPal in order to pay.  Put Sense of Place:  HERE in the memo section:




Submission for this exhibition is by email only.  Please send your submissions to




Open for submissions March 10, 2018


Deadline for entries April 29, 2018


Judging takes place during this time period April 29-30, 2018


May 4, 2018  inform artists of judges decisions


May 25, 2018 all juried art must be at Galaudet Gallery


June 21, 2018  Sense of Place:  HERE opens


September 7, 2018  Sense of Place:  HERE closes





Please send gallery quality images without background clutter or text.  DO NOT send composite images or images with embedded text.  If your work is accepted for exhibition, the images you enter as well as the text you provide will be used for print & digital publicity.  Please ensure that the orientation of the images are the orientation of the piece since these images will be consulted when installation of the exhibit commences.  If the images provided are not quality then the artist might be contacted to provide better images.  Each submission may consist of 1 to 3 images. You may submit up to 3 submissions.  




  • A maximum of 3 images per submission will be accepted.

  • Name your file: Artist Name_Title and use the following guidelines for file sizes.  

  • JPEGs should uploaded at 300dpi, file size not to exceed 2MB, with a maximum dimension of 1500 pixels on the longest side

  • PDF pages will be accepted with either a separate PDF per image or one PDF containing all three images with each image on a separate page.




Jules Hefe, International Art Dealer and Collector 


Michael Milewski, Fine Art Curator Galaudet Gallery, Chicago, IL


Harun Mert, Turkish Hâkim and art collector





  • In-person delivery—please arrange a time with the gallery for any in-person deliveries

  • Shipped art must be received by May 25, 2018 and be shipped at the artist’s expense.

  • All unsold artworks will be shipped back to the Artist.  Artist pays for return shipping. Return shipping labels, including insurance and carrier pick-up fees, must be at Galaudet Gallery by September 7 or artwork could be forfeited to gallery.

  • No Styrofoam “peanuts” – reusable wrapping materials, carton(s) or crate(s) are accepted.

  • Further details will be sent if your work is accepted.




Exhibition Theme:  This first installment of our Sense of Place Art Series begins with an internationally juried art show Focused on the idea of HERE and all its permutations.


Sales:  It is expected that all work exhibited be for sale. Past sales for our summer shows has been strong. Galaudet Gallery retains 40% on all sales.

Display cards/Catalog/Publicity:  Participating artists will be given a proof sheet of wall cards, publicity and catalog entries which will also constitute the deadline for changing any information including artwork title, price and narrative


Catalogs:  There will be a print and online color catalog in conjunction with the exhibition. Print catalogs will be for sale. The online catalog will remain online during and after the exhibition at:



Accepted Entries:  Works must be delivered ready for installation/display. Gallery reserves the right not to exhibit any work not accurately represented by the digital entry, arrives damaged, is not prepared for exhibition or any other conditions that may impair quality display.  The Gallery also reserves the right to immediately request return shipping costs for artwork that has been shipped in a disarray or in a way that the Gallery may not be able to reassemble once opened.  We request that regular boxes or shipping materials be used and that artworks are carefully wrapped for shipping.  The Gallery prefers USPS as a shipper but it up to each artist to decide how to ship their artworks.


Once accepted for the exhibition, Galaudet Gallery welcomes any written instructions on ideal display, but the gallery cannot guarantee any particular placement or exposure.


Conditions:  Roundtrip shipping and insurance is the responsibility of the artist. Galaudet Gallery retains a 40% commission on works sold through the gallery.


Instructions:  All wall pieces must be display ready. Plexiglas is best for works that will be shipped instead of glass; any broken glass due to shipping will not be replaced by gallery.  Artists are responsible for shipping or conveying their own work to and from the exhibit.


Agreements:   On acceptance to the exhibition, a consignment agreement, insurance agreement and delivery guidelines will be sent to each participating artist, along with any additional information or changes. Galaudet Gallery is insured and is responsible for the safekeeping of consigned property with certain limitations. However, it is recommended that artists provide insurance for their works outside of their studio.. Gallery is not responsible for damages resulting from flaws inherent in the artwork. Gallery is not responsible for damages resulting from earthquakes, flood or other such natural disasters. It is expected that submitting artists are not violating any stated or implied relationship with another gallery or dealer by submitting work for this exhibition and that the artist/creator of the work is not in violation of any copyright laws.  Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this prospectus. The artist agrees that images of selected artwork and the submitted text can be used by the gallery for promotions and publications.



Open for submissions March 1, 2018


Deadline for entries April 29, 2018


Judging takes place during this time period April 29-30, 2018


May 4, 2018  inform artists of judges decisions


May 25, 2018 all juried art must be at Galaudet Gallery


June 21, 2018  Sense of Place:  HERE opens


September 7, 2018  Sense of Place:  HERE closes



Contact Mike Milewski with any questions.





Beyond the Wall

By Edward Abbey

With a focus on Abbey’s essay Desert Images from this collection for Sense of Place: HERE.  Beyond the Wall will inform all of Galaudet Gallery’s curatorial decisions during their art exhibits for 2018 with Abbey’s idea of the Back of Beyond being of primary focus in that the curators will create “back of beyond” experiences in their exhibit designs.  A “back of beyond” experience is one which elicits authentic responses to self and art as well as embracing the idea of a wilderness ethic and a chance to know who we are alone, as part of a family as part of a community and as part of this world.


Northern Front

New and Selected Essasy

By John Hildebrand

Although the judges will not read Hildebrand’s collection of essays, the curators thought it a good idea to include a writer known to the community the gallery is located within and one who looks into a sense of place and sees a vanishing wilderness and one where this loss may redefine an individual’s senses of where they are of what their sense of place means.


The Studio Reader

On the Space of Artists

Edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Michelle Grabner

This collection of essays written by both artists and art critics about the artist studio experience in the 21st Century is a thoughtful homage to the traditional artist studio that has been in place for hundreds of years.  Having a dedicated, singular place within which an artist makes artworks for specific purposes is almost as vanished as the wilderness Hildebrand looks for.  In this transition Galaudet Gallery and its curators recognize that a change is underway for the traditional gallery space as only a place where art is sold.  Through the next four years of the art series Sense of Place the gallery and curators will explore this transition in order to assist both art collectors and artists to still meet, barter and enjoy art and make a living as has been the role of the gallery in the past; however, how these exchanges take place is what may be the most changed in future.


We look forward to seeing your work!

They tried (the desert’s) deepest secrets.  Now they have vanished….But the undeciphered message they left us remains, written on the walls.  A message preserved not in mere words but in images of line on stone. We were here.

If “sense of place” implies a particular meaning that can only be decoded after long residence, then I don’t buy it.  A landscape is both a place and an idea of that place.

The most compelling of these is the idea of home.  It’s a strange construct of emotions and allegiances—this story we tell ourselves about where we belong—and the conflict between versions…

The art served as a record.  As practical magic.  And as communication between wanderers…. We were here, say the artists….Perhaps Meaning is not of primary importance.  What is important is the recognition of art, wherever we may discover it, in whatever form. 

Galaudet Gallery

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